Close Guantanamo Detention Facility

To Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi,

The undersigned respectfully request that Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility and all forms of detention without trial be ended promptly, and that due process be henceforth acknowledged in its entirety. We also request that those who have been cleared for release be released with all possible haste. 

RELEVANT FACTS: • Men have been detained at Guantanamo for upwards of a year without ever being charged with a crime. • People cleared for release have spent upwards of three years awaiting release. • Prisoners have been abused to the point that they will suffer grave physical aftereffects for the rest of their lives. • Prisoners have been abused in order to elicit information, in a violation of the Geneva Convention, as well as misfed, also in violation of the Geneva Convention. • Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility is used as a recruitment tool by extremist organizations. • Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility has a long history of torture. • Many people detained at Guantanamo have, in retrospect, been declared innocent. • The United Nations recommended the closure of Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.

RELEVANT LAW: • Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind. – Geneva Convention, Article 17 • The basic daily food rations shall be sufficient in quantity, quality and variety to keep prisoners of war in good health and to prevent loss of weight or the development of nutritional deficiencies. – Geneva Convention, Article 26 • In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial – Sixth Amendment • The detention facilities at Guantánamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order. – Executive Order 13492 (January 22, 2009)

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    1 year ago Comments: rChJav I cannot thank you enough for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.
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    Pamela, United Arab Emirates

    2 years ago Comments: Respected Obama,Im happy to get chance to share few words on the bahlef of you. Im not going to give u comments on what is going on in America nor what is its policy about the world. I better know that once you were also colinized by so called supreior white though you r ruling the world now.It is crysta clear that in your foreign affair South Asia stands on top and to impose your policies you r gaining favor of indian Primeminister, Manmohan and sonia Gandhi and boycutting china.Because of your policy and hidden motive we Nepali are suffering here. We better know indians treatment to Nepali. India is incroaching our land and playing foul to make Nepali government unstable and there is meximum possibility of Maoists being underground and holding weapon.As you yourself has faced the trauma of being colonized and dehumanized, we request you to change Indian mindset of making Nepali government unstable and colinizing us indirectly.
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    Sophie, Spain

    2 years ago Comments: i have personally heard peeisdrnt on tv.pertaining to the issue of guat.jail dententions.the peeisdrnt stressed the need to preserve the diginity of the democracy of united states. there had been some horrible reports of the torture on the deatiness and its visuals once published could naturally increase the hate content against the united states by the afected families.president was more concerned tht the laws should niether be allowed to be transgressed in such method as would make the law agency emotional to act in execess of its use and at the deteriment of country.president rightly found tht some of the conjuctures were floated on the fear psychosis of terror threats which were unfounded and baseless rendering harm to the emotional and security content of the citizens of america.under the spirit ofamerican constitution the relaxation otherwise long due were duly recognised and applied by the peeisdrnt to uphold the diginity of democracy and concept of justice popularily known in america concerning the trails of detainees.thx
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